No Time to Die (song)

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"No Time to Die"
Billie Eilish - No Time to Die.png
Single by Billie Eilish
ReleasedFebruary 13, 2020 (2020-02-13)
Format
Recorded2020
Length4:02
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Billie Eilish singles chronology
"Everything I Wanted"
(2019)
"No Time to Die"
(2020)
James Bond theme singles chronology
"Writing's on the Wall"
(2015)
"No Time to Die"
(2020)
Audio video
"No Time to Die" on YouTube

"No Time to Die" is a song by American singer Billie Eilish. It is the theme song of the upcoming James Bond film of the same name, and was released through Darkroom and Interscope Records on February 13, 2020.[1] The song was written by Eilish and her brother Finneas O'Connell, and recorded in a bedroom studio.[2][3] At age 18, Eilish is the youngest artist in history to write and record a James Bond theme song.[4][5] It debuted atop the Irish Singles Chart and the UK Singles Chart. It became Eilish's first number-one single in the UK and made her the first artist born in the 21st century to top the chart. In addition, "No Time to Die" also became the first James Bond theme by a female artist to top the UK chart, as well as only the second Bond theme ever to top that chart.[6]

Background[edit]

In January 2019, Eilish told her management that she wanted to be involved "if any Bond things come up…whatever we have to do we will do". When the opportunity did arise, the pair jumped into action to book a recording studio, but it left them "intensely uninspired" and suffering from writer's block. Following this lacklustre day in the studio and they ended up writing and recording the song in a tour bus in Texas, after Finneas came up with an initial chord progression; in just three days the song was written and recorded. Prior to this, the siblings had a meeting with Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, who sent them the script for the opening scene in order to give them a bit of inspiration, which Eilish said was "so cool" and "really, really helpful."[7]

Finneas claimed it was useful to go back to listen to previous Bond themes to ensure they were on the right track and did not copy or recreate something which had already been done before, adding that "there are few things in your career that are as desirable as doing a Bond song. We did not take the opportunity lightly and worked as hard as we could to prove ourselves". Eilish also revealed that Daniel Craig himself had a major role in vetting the submissions.[7]

Composition[edit]

"No Time to Die" is a ballad.[8] The track runs at 143 BPM and is in the key of E minor. It runs at four minutes and two seconds.[9] According to Roisin O'Connor of The Independent, the song "features classic elements of the most memorable Bond themes including a slow build; a dark, shivery theme; and dramatic orchestration".[10] Cassie Da Costa of The Daily Beast said the song "begins with moody, atmospheric piano music before Billie's pop-enunciated alto vibrato creeps in with depressive yet vague observations about love, loss, and violence".[11]

The song features orchestral arrangements by Hans Zimmer as well as Johnny Marr on guitar.[12]

Promotion[edit]

Eilish was announced as the performer of the theme song for the 25th film in the James Bond franchise in January 2020, initially via the franchise's official Twitter account.[13] Eilish called the opportunity "a huge honor",[2] and O'Connell said they "feel so so lucky to play a small role in such a legendary franchise".[2] No Time to Die director Cary Joji Fukunaga described himself as a fan of the duo, and the film's producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, said the song is "impeccably crafted".[5] At the 92nd Academy Awards, Eilish said the ballad was "written" and "done".[14]

Eilish performed the song live for the first time at the 2020 Brit Awards on February 18, 2020.[11]

Critical reception[edit]

"No Time to Die" has received mostly positive reviews from music critics. Alexis Petridis of The Guardian gave an overall positive review, stating, "'No Time to Die' is a confident, appealing addition to the Bond theme canon."[15] Chris Willman of Variety wrote that "'No Time to Die' is one of the better Bond songs of the last 25 or 30 years."[16] Roisin O'Connor of The Independent stated that "'No Time To Die' is one of the best Bond theme songs we've had in some time."[17] Alexa Camp of Slant Magazine said, "the lush, darkly cinematic track falls in line with past 007 themes".[18][vague] Cassie Da Costa of The Daily Beast described the song as "not at the level of Shirley Bassey's 'Goldfinger' [...] or Nancy Sinatra's 'You Only Live Twice'". She added "it's certainly not Eilish's best, but as of late, the Bond universe has been perfectly satisfied with good enough."[11]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal and 007.com.[19][20]

  • Billie Eilish – vocals, songwriting
  • Finneas – production, songwriting, bass, percussion, piano, synthesizer, vocal arrangement
  • Stephen Lipson – production, mixing
  • Johnny Marr – guitar
  • Hans Zimmer – orchestral arrangements
  • Matt Dunkley – orchestral arrangements
  • Rob Kinelski – mixing
  • Casey Cuayo – mix engineering
  • Eli Heisler – mix engineering
  • John Greenham – mastering

Charts[edit]

Chart (2020) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[21] 4
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[22] 3
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[23] 42
Canadian Digital Song Sales (Billboard)[24] 32
Germany (Official German Charts)[25] 5
Ireland (IRMA)[26] 1
Italy (FIMI)[27] 25
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[28] 24
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[29] 3
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[30] 9
Norway (VG-lista)[31] 3
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[32] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[33] 3
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[34] 1
US Digital Song Sales (Billboard)[35] 33

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various February 14, 2020
[36][19]
Australia Contemporary hit radio Universal [37]
Italy [38]
United Kingdom February 15, 2020 [39]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Newstead, Al (January 15, 2020). "Billie Eilish to sing new James Bond theme song 'No Time To Die'". ABC Online. Retrieved February 10, 2020.
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  11. ^ a b c Costa, Cassie da (February 14, 2020). "Billie Eilish's Bond Theme Is Sleek, Sorta Sexy, and a Bit of a Bore". The Daily Beast. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
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  24. ^ "Hot Canadian Digital Song Sales - February 22, 2020". Billboard. Retrieved February 18, 2020.
  25. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Billie Eilish – No Time to Die". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved February 21, 2020.
  26. ^ "Official Irish Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 22, 2020.
  27. ^ "Top Singoli – Classifica settimanale WK 8" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved February 22, 2020.
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  31. ^ "VG-lista – Topp 20 Single uke 8, 2020". VG-lista. Retrieved February 22, 2020.
  32. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 22, 2020.
  33. ^ "Veckolista Singlar, vecka 8". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved February 22, 2020.
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